For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am...


The First Baptist Church of Hartsville is a congregation of men, women, boys, and girls who, though created in the very image of God (Genesis 1:26), have been born into sin (Psalm 51:5) and are therefore sinners by nature and birth.  We confirm this nature and birthright each time we choose to sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; 1 John 1:8). 


But because we have been called (2 Thessalonians 2:13, 14; Acts 2:38, 39) into a saving union (Colossians 2, 3) with Jesus Christ, we have been saved by God's grace through God-given faith (Ephesians 2) in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ Who enables and empowers us to repent of our sin (2 Timothy 2:25)--initially unto salvation (Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38, 3:19; Luke 13:3) and then repeatedly unto progressive sanctification (Romans 1:17; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3). 


This is who we are, then:  Imperfect people saved by a gracious, perfect God Who is transforming us into the perfect image of Jesus Christ.


We are compelled by the love of God and a concern for His glory to gather consistently in order to continue steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:42); and to plan and prepare to serve the Lord Jesus in various ways.


It is our mission to prayerfully be...


...Grounded in Faith


...Growing in Fellowship


...Going in Freedom


And we are Resolved by God's Grace to...

   I.  Read the Word of the Scriptures.
  II. Receive the Word of the Savior.
III.  Reject the Will of the Self.
 IV.  Rest in the Wisdom of the Sovereign.
   V.  Reveal the Way of Salvation.
 VI.  Remember the Wonder of Selection.